Women who did dangerous work for New Zealand in Afghanistan are now threatened by the Taliban

Back in 2018, when the world was a different place, “A” made what would become a life-defining decision. From her home in Bamiyan, central Afghanistan, soon after graduating from university, she signed up for a team which was breaking gender Read More …

Afghanistan: The Taliban are asking for help locating explosives they laid

The head of the UN Mine Action Team in Afghanistan says the Taliban are asking for help to locate and remove explosives left from war including ones they laid themselves. CNN’s Max Foster reports. Paul Heslop has left Kabul shortly Read More …

Taliban takeover: What will happen to Afghanistan’s minefields

As the dust begins to settle on war-torn Afghanistan, a major question is what will happen to the landmines and other ordinance littering its landscape? More than 40 years of war have left the Afghan landscape littered with landmines as Read More …

Japan donates $4 million to counter IEDs in Somalia

Japan has donated $4 million to Somalia to support in countering improvised explosive devices that have become commonly deployed weapons by extremist groups in recent years. According to a statement from the Japanese embassy in Kenya, the donation will be Read More …

EU pledges additional $8 million for explosives clearance in Iraq

The European Union’s ambassador to Iraq on Friday said the bloc would allocate an additional $8 million (€6.7 million) for the detection and destruction of explosives left by ISIS. Martin Huth said in a tweet that the money would be Read More …

Japan’s Contribution to Humanitarian Mine Action in Syria

With the support from the Government of Japan (USD 825,000), the United Nations Mine Action Service Syria Response Programme (UNMAS SRP) launched the new project “Humanitarian Mine Action to address increased threat associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in Syria (31 Read More …

UNMAS Iraq Programme Report 2020

Message from the Senior Programme Manager, Mr. Pehr Lodhammar What a tumultuous yet transformative and rewarding year it has been! When I look back at 2020, the challenges brought forth with the emergence and swift transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic Read More …

Towards Zero Contamination in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Every year on 4th April, the world celebrates the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNMAS, in collaboration with the Congolese Mine Action Coordination Center (CCLAM), celebrated the Read More …

Iraq: ‘Gentle steps forward’ in restoring Mosul’s Commonwealth war cemetery

There have been “gentle steps forward” in the effort to repair the war cemetery in Mosul, following years of ISIS occupation. Iraq’s second-largest city spent three years under Islamic State’s brutal rule and many of its buildings were destroyed, including Read More …